Definition of elegant in English:


Syllabification: el·e·gant
Pronunciation: /ˈeləgənt


  • 1Pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner: she will look elegant in black an elegant, comfortable house
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    • The Queen then entered with a show of magical lights in her most elegant gown.
    • Dressing herself in one graceful movement, she wore a long black dress that looked more elegant then casual.
    • For her age of sixty she looked very elegant in it.
    stylish, graceful, tasteful, sophisticated, classic, chic, smart, fashionable, modish; refined, gracious, dignified, poised, beautiful, lovely, charming, artistic, aesthetic; cultivated, polished, cultured; dashing, debonair, suave, urbane
  • 1.1(Of a scientific theory or solution to a problem) pleasingly ingenious and simple: the grand unified theory is compact and elegant in mathematical terms
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    • The back of the computer is elegant in its simplicity.
    • The user interface, while again somewhat limited, is also elegant in its simplicity.
    • The SCSI protocol is elegant in its simplicity.
    neat, simple, effective; ingenious, clever, deft, intelligent, inventive



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  • She walked elegantly with a lot of grace and presented her outfits stylishly.
  • It may be dull, but it remains true - if you write good stuff and present it elegantly, then you'll be well read in no time at all.
  • In contrast, the elegantly cultivated beard was long the prerogative of royalty and the privileged classes.


late 15th century (describing a person dressing tastefully): from French, or from Latin elegans, elegant-, related to eligere 'choose, select' (see elect).

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